To limit exposure and ensure worker safety, EPA’s Worker Protection Standards mandate that those that handle, mix and/or apply certain pesticides obtain a respirator fit test before wearing a pesticide label-required respirator.     The herbicide EngeniaTM and the insecticide LorsbanTM are two of the pesticides that require users to wear respirators.

    In anticipation of a growing need for rural fit testing opportunities, staff from the University of Minnesota Extension’s Pesticide Safety and Education Program have teamed up with respirator experts from 3M to provide fit tests for up to 42 farmers in Crookston on April 6.

    Farmers can bring their own respirator and be tested at no charge; alternatively farmers can try on and purchase a respirator on site.

    • When: Friday, April 6, during one of four sessions running from noon to 4 p.m.

    • Where: Crookston Eagle’s Club, 105 S Broadway, Crookston, MN 56716

    To reserve a testing time contact: Angie Peltier, 281-8692, apeltier@umn.edu
 

   Note: A person must be healthy enough to wear a respirator. Passing a medical evaluation is LEGALLY REQUIRED before one can obtain a respirator fit test. While some family physicians provide this service, there is also an option to complete an online medical evaluation. Note that while 98 percent will pass the online exam, some medical conditions like asthma or high blood pressure may require an in-person follow-up appointment. Contact Angie to receive a weblink providing access to up to two free online medical evaluations per farm courtesy of 3M.